The outcome of Saturday's vote to proceed with debate on the Marxist Health Care Act was predictable. The only question was how much "pork" the "moderate" Democrats could get to buy their votes.
Moderate Democrats are role players in a drama. Per the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) , "The designated role for the 'moderates' is to protest and posture enough to claim to have 'improved' the bill before they inevitably acquiesce in it becoming law".
In other words, "moderates" resistance is BS. You see, there is no such thing as a "moderate" Democrat, except in the imagination of the liberal media.
Mary Landrieu who claims to have "grave concerns" about the cost of the bill, was granted a political gratuity (pork) of $300 million dollars. In her floor speech, she actually told reporters that she could not be bought for a mere $100 million. "I will correct something. It's not $100 million, it's $300 million, and I'm proud of it and will keep fighting for it."
WSJ editorial response to "moderate" Democrat Senator Landrieu of Louisiana says it best, "Note that Senator Landrieu's price included no substantive change in the $25 billion in Medicaid burdens that this legislation will impose on other states, or any reduction in its huge new tax burden on Louisiana small businesses, or any change in the rationing commission it will establish for Medicare. Mrs. Landrieu was voting to enable all of those provisions to take one more giant step toward enactment."
Voters can expect more BS from these so called "moderates" as the debate takes place on the Senate Floor. Don't be tricked by this "play-acting". This bill is fatally flawed and the only way to improve it, is to defeat it. I don't believe in Santa Claus or Moderate Democrats. The only hope for defeating this bill lies with Independent Joseph Lieberman. And by the way, the odds of Senator Lieberman doing the right thing are not very high.